Well, it’s only a rumour at this point, but dear god, it’s looking like an accurate one. Basically, a Pokemon GO panel was supposed to take place at SXSW this year, but it was cancelled. However, Niantic (the company making the game) apparently did hold some sort of presentation, and a video about the game supposedly leaked from said presentation. Here’s the video:
So… what can I say about this title? And the footage shown above?
Well to be honest, I’m not all that impressed so far. For one thing, that Ivysaur certainly didn’t blend in very well with the environment around it, and (as people have pointed out on Twitter), seemingly teleported around the place at random. Yeah, it’s early days, but it’s certainly not giving the 3DS’ AR games competition on the Augmented Reality front…
The Poke Ball select screen having the option to throw Master Balls looks a tad worrying as well. Oh sure, it’s possible we might be getting the latter in rare events and the rest from some sort of in game currency, but there’s a sneaking suspicion that micro transactions might be involved here. That it might be a lot like other ‘freemium’ titles, where the rich people buy the most powerful items outright while the rest of us are limited to whatever we can get in game. I’m hoping that’s not the case, but the small amount of evidence we have so far suggests it could be.
Still, we’ll stay optimistic. After all, we haven’t seen anything of the whole ‘battle’ aspect yet, nor how things like gyms and rival trainers fit into the whole thing. Perhaps the battle mechanics are as deep and well thought out as those in Pokemon X and Y. Maybe the above footage is merely a really early tech demo, or simply fake, and doesn’t actually indicate what encountering a Pokemon will be like in the title.
But based on what I have seen, I’m not all that impressed just yet.